Fashion

Style Paige: Retrofit Republic's vintage flair

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Wedged between two clothing stores in San Francisco, a narrow alley leads to the home of Jenny Ton and Julie Rhee, a.k.a. the alternative vintage boutique Retrofit Republic. Inside on a recent visit, I felt like a kid in a candy store – except there was no candy. Instead, bowls of earrings, necklaces, and pendants were neatly displayed on a table. Here, a stunning sequin clutch with colorful roses. There, four racks of vintage men's and women's clothing, with shoes on display wherever they could fit. Wearing the perfect gold holiday dress, a mannequin peeking around the corner told me to look around, stay awhile. Read more »

Style Paige: Shot in shearling

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Question: can you wear too much shearling? Those that are non-plussed over the material might say yes after seeing this man I snapped a photo of on 16th and Mission Streets who was dressed in a leather coat lined with shearling, topped off with a green hat. But on that chilly day, I was struck by the outfit -- it was exuding warm and fashionable.

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Style Paige: Homeless youth show off their designing chops

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Five fashion-minded homeless youth – two men and three women  – had two hours to complete a fashion challenge using only donated clothing and street friendly supplies. That meant no sewing machines – more like dental floss, duct tape, and art supplies. The result? Find out by attending the Homeless Youth Alliance's screening of Project Runaway on Fri/16. Read more »

Style Paige: Be funneled

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Well-dressed men always make me a little weak in the knees. What can I say; I’m a sucker for fashion. But in a city like San Francisco, where men’s clothing stretches from one end to the style spectrum to the other, it is the simplest of styles that catch my eye.  

Wearing a wool trenchcoat, dark blue jeans, and tassel loafers, Rolando Brown was waiting for his BART train to arrive when I interrupted him mid-text message.Read more »

Style Paige: Does this go together?

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Don’t you wish there was a how-to-guide on how to mix and match patterns properly? How do you really know if that leopard and that floral look good together? There should some kind of chart online you can download that tells you if seesucker pants and a neon T-shirt is an okay fashion combo. Let's just come to terms with it: true style doesn't come from pat answers. Read more »

Style Paige: Sneaking peeks at the studio of Peeko Apparel

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While browsing through the handmade scarves and mixed stone necklaces on Etsy, I came across Peeko Apparel, a women’s indie fashion brand with daring patterns and dramatic shapes. From sweaters, harem pants, and leggings to tote bags, necklaces, and turban headbands, I wanted it all. Read more »

Style Paige: That's tights

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Modeling knit tribal print leggings and an oversized sweater with the cutest German shepherd on the front, this young woman was surprised when I asked to take a picture of her modish outfit. She shouldn't have been shocked I wanted to document it -- talk about your ideal look for the rainy weather in downtown San Francisco. Read more »

Dancing with the dead at Día de los Muertos

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Candles were lit, marigolds were trimmed, and white face paint was spread carefully over cheeks.Read more »

David Chiu, the fashion mayor

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There's a new fashion in the mayor's race, and it's ... accessories! This new mailer says to vote for Sup. David Chiu because he knows how to accessorize -- check out the cool glasses, and the sensible yet snazzy shoes and the high-tech wristwatch. Oh, and there's a laptop/cell phone/ipad, a checkbook, a scissors, a red pen, a calculator and a set of scales, which I assume are to measure out justice and not medical marijuana. Although that's fashionable, too. Read more »

Halloween style guide: A timely warning about hipster headdresses

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One of my favorite activities of late seems to be railing against the prevalence of "Native American"-themed swag that a certain demographic has recently been using to accessorize their MDMA and Chromeo sets (no thanks to you Urban Outfitters -- but reluctant semantic kudos for de-naming the line in question "Navajo"). Just in time for Halloween, along comes a blog that can neatly sum up these feelings, and do it in a constructive way. Please forward to your girlfriend frantically readying her dreamcatcher earrings. Read more »